Knowledge management is key for your Cloud implementation !

Knowledge management is key for your Cloud implementation !

How do we implement internal Cloud ? Why should we do it ? You can build your own Cloud, which makes a lot of sense, albeit with a chunk of investment. Your internal Cloud will be an internal shared services system managed by a team responsible for planning, operation, 24×7 availability, and maintenance and scaling the cloud up or down as required. Implementing Cloud Computing requires a great deal of knowledge, most of it new, to be acquired, understood, absorbed and shared. According to Peter Drucker, all of us are Knowledge Workers. (More details here). In order to be successful in your endeavor, you have to practice Knowledge Management (KM). Knowledge Management System classifies various methods and technologies to improve individual and organizational performance by optimum use of acquired knowledge by sharing knowledge. KM proposes a model termed as the General Knowledge Model, which describes the different phases by which any knowledge or information or data is acquired, assimilated and put to use. These are knowledge creation, retention, transfer and utilization. The knowledge or information needed to successfully implement Cloud Computing is of a wide nature. They will pertain to strategies to adopt, both Business and Service, Technical guidelines to be adhered to, system Architecture patterns to be studied for implementation, Service Management to be practiced, and a lot more. All these knowledge has to be shared among the different teams entrusted with building the cloud. Teams like Architect teams, Operation teams, Integration teams, Services teams and may be some of the large and important vendors, all should be participating in sharing and practicing these knowledge. Many companies do not give proper...
What is IT Infrastructure ? Guess what means FO-C-US ?

What is IT Infrastructure ? Guess what means FO-C-US ?

I was discussing with a friend of mine. We were talking about the basics. Always coming back to the basics and sure he is absolutely right ! By the way you can look at his blog here. So, what is the link with IT Infrastructure ? Basics for infrastructure ? I had also some questions from my readers about explaining IT Infrastructure. What are the roots of IT Infrastructure ? Maybe first try with a definition ? I had a look over the Internet and what was my surprise ? There is not really a common definition even on Wikipedia. I am trying… The first words coming for IT Infrastructure definition is hardware, computers, all that kind of stuff. Then you can add all the software which manage the hardware and allow interconnections. To keep the split in mind, I introduce the FO-C-US as I split IT Infrastructure in 3 families : – FOundations, – Computing, – User Services. The FOundation side includes Datacenters (a special room, some times big where the servers are, read this article about Microsoft Mega Datacenter ), the network part (all communication stuff including cables, routers – the box between the cables). For the Computing environment you find all servers stacks (all hardwares, systems – Z/OS, As/400, Unix, Windows, Vmware – look at this good definition in wikipeadia), the storage part (the boxes where the informations lives) and all Infrastructure softwares (Databases, Monitoring, scheduling, automation, …). Last but not least, the User Services includes all end user devices (PC, Mac, Laptop, mobile devices) and also some software layers built for the office (Windows in the...
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) : A key foundation for your IT strategy

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) : A key foundation for your IT strategy

Cloud Computing is the new kid in the block. All IT industry is agog about it. Hardly a day passes in which you do not find a plethora of “cloud news”. In the cloud-based architecture, the foundation is the Infrastructure-as-a-Service or IaaS, upon which the other two models, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) rest. Amazon AWS is the pioneer and the largest of all the IaaS providers. Other big IT players in this arena are Joyent, GoGrid and Flexiant. Joyent provides, for example, hosting for a number of FaceBook applications, as also the social network LinkedIn, among others. Do not get misled by the idea that Cloud Computing is new a technology. It is only a new approach to deliver IT. IaaS offers everything a client needs in the form of infrastructure. Hardware resources like CPU, memory, storage, networking and security are packaged together with various operating systems and applications. The client is free to choose the hardware size and software resources according to his need. This translates into scalability, the biggest advantage in using IaaS cloud. The other equally big advantage for the clients is exposure to cutting-edge technology, whether in hardware or software. So the first stone that you lay is Infrastructure-as-a-Service. IaaS is the key foundation for moving your IT more align, agile and cheaper. Why ? Let’s come back on Amazon example. When they develop the book selling part, they saw that they were just using 10% of their capacity 11 months a year ! Moving in the IaaS field help them to develop : a new business and improve their capacity to deliver their...
Partners are good !

Partners are good !

To start with, let us concentrate on the first word of the title – Partners. Partners are indispensable in any business. And I am not meaning partnerships in which an organization has more than one boss. In this context, partners are businesses sharing a common platform complementing each other to increase business development. The key word here is complement. The gamut of such partners runs all through Hardware, Software, Consulting, Services, to name a few. Now for the rest of the title. All your partners, like you, want to be a part of the Cloud challenge. Simply because all of them want to increase their market share of products or services. It is to your advantage if some of the partners participate in the cloud contest. As a Client (for example to build your own internal Cloud if you are a big company) you should be able to provide the underlying hardware, operating systems and application resources to clients (in this case even internal Clients, I suppose some IT). You are offering CPU, memory, storage, networking, security and all other infrastructural resources packaged together : your services. Coming back to your Partners. They can help you to accelerate in building the Cloud. After all, you know each other’s capabilities too well and you will not have to worry about getting the right product or service at the right price. Any new innovation that your partners come up with will be yours to avail. The choice is not easy as it depends on a number of factors. Maybe have a look on some of your erstwhile partners. Capitalize on their...